Compassionate Cities

Compassionate Cities is a Council initiative to raise awareness about ways communities can reduce suffering and improve the lives of vulnerable populations through the use of digital technologies already being applied to solve other city challenges. Click here to learn more about the initiative – and scroll down for articles highlighting how technology is helping the homeless, the hungry, the disabled and other people in need around the world.

How breastfeeding helps moms, babies and entire communities (and the role tech plays)

Wed, 2017-08-02 12:57 -- Compassionate C...

The nutritional benefits of breastfeeding are pretty well known. But what about the economic advantages? Reports suggest that every $1 invested in breastfeeding generates $35 in economic returns. Read more about global efforts to encourage breastfeeding – and how technology is helping.

Ripe for growth: Amid world food crisis, agtech to the rescue

Tue, 2017-08-01 13:50 -- Compassionate C...

A Singapore news site calls agriculture technology “the new farming tool to boost food security.” Venture arms of tech giants Qualcomm and Cisco recently invested in an Israeli digital ag startup. New Zealand farmers are cutting costs with IoT technology from Schneider Electric. Clearly agtech is booming; read why it matters.

Virginia accelerator seeks startups and nonprofits with solutions to social challenges

Mon, 2017-07-31 12:05 -- Compassionate C...

Entrepreneurs, startups and nonprofits are invited to apply for a spot in the Smart City Works fall 2017 cohort designed to accelerate their solutions focused on key urban infrastructure challenges – from use of urban data and IoT technologies to supporting at-risk populations.

STEM progress? Big jump in girls and minorities taking AP computer science exam

Wed, 2017-07-26 12:22 -- Compassionate C...

A Seattle nonprofit crunched the numbers from the AP College Board and found the number of girls taking the AP computer science exam doubled this year over 2016 and the number of minorities nearly tripled. But's CEO says there's still more work to do.

From apps to arms to spendy cleanups: Is there a right way to handle homeless camps?

Tue, 2017-07-25 14:05 -- Compassionate C...

Homeless camps have grown 30% in Oakland in the last two years. They're growing in Honolulu too, prompting one councilman to propose armed park rangers to keep public spaces safe. Is that the solution? Are there better ones? Learn what cities from Anchorage to Sydney are doing.

Panasonic's Kid Witness News global summit nurtures a new generation of leaders

Mon, 2017-07-24 12:28 -- Compassionate C...

Panasonic's Kid Witness News educational program is now in 18 countries, supplying schools with video production equipment that enables students to report on the world through their eyes. Next week the company hosts its first KWN summit in Japan. It promises to be eye-opening; find out why.

From the UK: A glimpse at fascinating new technologies with life-changing potential

Wed, 2017-07-19 12:43 -- Compassionate C...

A post from the UK offers a fascinating glimpse at 24 technologies that could potentially improve a lot of lives. We provide a peek at five that are focused on wellness, including a Skype-like app for older folks and 3D printed bionic hands for amputees.

Connecting rural communities: New efforts to help those left behind

Tue, 2017-07-18 06:44 -- Compassionate C...

Mention smart cities and most think of big cities steeped in the Internet of Things, with free Wi-Fi hotspots on every corner. But if the goal is to use smart technologies to improve lives and livelihoods, small rural communities have some big needs. Read what companies like AT&T and Microsoft are doing about that.